posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 02:42 PM
I was thinking today about Clarisse McClellan, who is maybe my all-time favorite character in literature.
Does anyone remember Clarisse McClellan? She was a young woman in Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451
. If you haven't read this book, or haven't read
it lately, you should. It is about a future world dominated by television where reading and books are illegal, as is eccentric behavior in general.
Clarisse is not a major character in the book, interestingly, but the way she is portreyed is so full of life:
"I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly," she said. "If you showed a driver a green blur,
Oh yes! he'd say, that's grass! A pink blur! That's a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My uncle drove slowly on a highway
once. He drove forty miles an hour and they jailed him for two days. Isn't that funny, and sad, too?"
"You think too many things," said Montag, uneasily.
"I rarely watch the 'parlor walls' or go to races or Fun Parks. So I've lots of time for crazy thoughts, I guess. Have you seen the two
hundred-foot-long billboards in the country beyond town ? Did you know that once billboards were only twenty feet long? But cars started rushing by so
quickly they had to stretch the advertising out so it would last."
"I didn't know that!" Montag laughed abruptly.
"Bet I know something else you don't. There's dew on the grass in the morning."
He suddenly couldn't remember if he had known this or not, and it made him quite irritable.
Clarisse is the only person in this grim future world to show liveliness, curiosity, delight in simple things. She enters the story and touches the
life of Montag, the hero, before she mysteriously vanishes.
I always felt heartbroken that the only ray of light in that dark world was snuffed out but I guess that is the author's point.
Do you remember this character? Or the book in general?
edit on 17-8-2011 by Partygirl because: (no reason given)